The History Of Palm Oil



The Palm Oil, whose scientific name is Elaeis guineensis Jacq, originates from West Africa.

It were first brought into this country by the British in the 1870’s as an ornamental plant in their gardens. However, other countries were already familiar it and its uses. Among the earliest evidences of its usage were:



  • Traces of my ancestors found in burial urns aged 5000 years in Abydos, Egypt
  • The barter of palm oil for salt centuries ago
  • A lubricant for engines and in the manufacture of candles, soap and margarine in Europe during the 19 th century.



Palm Oil started to make Malaysia its home on a large scale in the 1960’s. This started when the Malaysian Government introduced a land cultivation scheme for the purpose of planting oil palm trees.

The purpose of this scheme was to eradicate poverty and raise the standard of living for the rural population.

Today, palm oil grows and flourish in palm oil plantations which can be found throughout the country, from Perlis to Sabah.

My friends, we should be proud that our country is among the largest producers of ‘liquid gold’ in the world!